Behind the Iron Curtain: Cosmonautics Day

April 12 is the 47th anniversary of the first successful manned space flight. April 12 is celebrated as the Cosmonautics Day.

Just remember who was there first.

TIME cover 04-21-1961 "Russia's Yuri Gagarin." Illustration of the cosmonaut by Boris Chaliapin. © Time Inc.

  • I have incredible respect for the Russian space program and you have inspired me to make my own post about it.

  • So Gagarin was as skilled as the Monkey the good guys sent up a decade earlier.


    Just kidding, comrade. Happy Cosmonautics Day!

  • actually he was a pilot, but in this case he was pretty much a test monkey, not like he could steer it